International opportunities for students

The Master's degree programme in Environmental Engineering is a two-year full-time programme (120 ECTS) open to international students.

The programme admits every year a maximum number of 10 NON-EU students permanently resident abroad.

Students benefit of everyday interactions with internationally renowned professors and researchers. With a low ratio between students and teachers, and courses organized in projects and groupwork, students have the possibility to acquire both technical and practical competences and make experience with real-world challenges while attending the courses. Fields activities complement the learning opportunities.

The first year foresees 6 common courses and one course depending on the track that is chosen for the second year, when the programme is articulated into 4 tracks that cover different aspects of the broad spectrum of Environmental Engineering:

  1. Water Resources and Land Protection
  2. Environmental Quality and Remediation Technologies
  3. Environmental Sustainability and International Cooperation
  4. Modelling and Simulation of Environmental Systems

Tracks 2, 3 and 4 are totally taught in English; in track 1 some courses are taught in Italian


Master's graduates are able to design and manage works and services in various areas of environmental engineering, such as:

  • land protection from natural and anthropogenic hazards, analysis and mitigation of hydrogeological risk, protection and requalification of water bodies;
  • urban infrastructures, hydraulic structures, civil works within an environmental context;
  • sustainable management of environmental resources, treatment of emissions in solids, liquids and gases, quality monitoring, pollution prevention and remediation of environmental matrices (air, water, soil);
  • management of the territory and the built environment, even in the presence of conflicting uses of resources, with a view to environmental sustainability and in the context of specific socio-economic contexts.

Furthermore, graduates are able to:

  • select and use mathematical and numerical models;
  • acquire and analyze data for environmental monitoring;
  • analyze and interpret complex environmental data;
  • analyze and evaluate the environmental impact of civil and industrial works and develop strategic environmental assessment procedures for plans and programs;
  • interact with experts from different disciplines and cooperate to solve complex environmental problems.


Graduates work as designers, managers and modellers in a wide range of areas connected with environmental issues.

Graduates can also continue their career with doctoral studies, in Italy and abroad, and within start-up companies.


Students enrolled in a Master's degree programme at the University of Trento have the chance to go abroad for a period of study in another partner university in the framework of a specific exchange programme, such as Erasmus+ (in one of the EU partner Universities) or Bilateral Agreements /GE4 (in one of the partner Universities outside Europe).

In addition, students of the Master's degree in Environmental Engineering may participate in the double degree programme with the following institutions:
Ecole des Ponts Paris Tech (France)
Instituto Superior Técnico de Lisboa (Portugal)
University of Cincinnati (USA)